Show & Tell: Green Makeover at TSD

May 22nd, 2012 by Stef McDonald Leave a reply »
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Matt Petersen with TSD 1st graders, who love their new rain barrels -- and saving water.

We’re in Austin, TX, today to see the green upgrades made at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD), the winner of our Green School Makeover Competition – to save electricity, reduce waste, and save and reuse water. CEO Matt Petersen joined our competition sponsor Pureology for today’s visit to the school to see first-hand the changes they have made to become more environmentally friendly, healthy, and energy-efficient.

Here’s what’s been happening behind the scenes at the school since winning the $65,000 prize from our competition.

Saving Energy:

Light fixtures were retrofitted with energy-efficient bulbs.

Saving Water:

Manual faucets were replaced with hands-free faucets with sensors to turn them off automatically.

A new water filtration system was installed to replace the school’s use of water bottles. (TSD expects to save 88,000 bottles of water each school year — $20,000 on bottle water costs!)

Rain barrels were installed to collect water from the roof to use on campus for areas that do not have irrigation.

Reducing Waste:

Recycling bins were installed next to every trashcan on campus.

Hands-free dryers were installed in restrooms to reduce paper towel waste.

Photos from the day:

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